A new global transparency standard for oil and mining industry revenues promises to bring transformative benefits to citizens across the world but not in Angola, if big oil in the USA gets its way.

The Arab Spring began when Tunisian street vender Mohamed Bouazizi doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire. Symbolically, the uprising peaked in oil-rich Libya when Muammar Gaddafi's government was toppled. Since then, much has been made of the downfall of dictators and the emergence of free speech in parts of the Arab region. Now is the time for an African Spring, a potential next wave of democracy that is poised to spread across Africa.

Battle over US Dodd-Frank oil revenue rules

A week ago I returned from a working trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where I participated in a conference about the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the so-called conflict minerals. The Conference brought together Congolese academics, political leaders and representatives of civil society organizations in a memorable moment of reflection about ways and means to usher in lasting peace in Congo and end the illicit and illegal trade and looting of natural resources.

The US Congress has been holding hearings into the likely impact of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which aims to control the trade in conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and its possible consequences for the Congolese people. The Act has stirred enormous debate with activists and mining companies lobbying hard - but little space has been given to Congolese voices.

SARW and its CSO partners in the DRC are concerned that the suspension of the conflict minerals rule promulgated by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act

SARW calls for measures to make law work in DRC

More than 150 Angolan civil society organisations and activitst have written a letter to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) urging it to adopt strict rules for the disclosure of payments by oil companies working in Angola.

Civil society welcomes decision on Dodd-Frank rules

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